BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Navarra, Spain, 07/10/2015, FIM CEV Superbike European Championship
Navarra, Spain, hosted the fifth event of this year’s FIM CEV Superbike European Championship (CEV) last weekend, and the BMW riders were once again in dazzling form: newcomer Maximilian Scheib produced a thrilling display in Navarra to finish second overall in race one and claim victory in the privateer class. Race two saw Adrián Bonastre finish on the podium with his BMW S 1000 RR, while Miguel Ángel Poyatos triumphed in the privateer class. Meanwhile, BMW rider Eeki Kuparinen is the new leader in the overall privateer standings.
The performance of Maximilian Scheib was particularly impressive. The young Chilean rider was making his first appearance on the BMW S 1000 RR run by the boxmotos.com Easyrace SBK Team in Navarra. Although he first had to familiarise himself with the bike and a circuit that was completely new to him, Scheib promptly qualified second to take his place on the front row of the grid.
Scheib took a bit of a gamble with his tyres for the first of the two races – but proved to be spot on with his selection. There had been light rainfall shortly before the race, causing the start to be delayed. While most of the riders opted for wet-weather tyres, Scheib stuck with slicks. He then set about producing a breath-taking fightback. The BMW rider started from the pit lane and made up no fewer than 19 positions over the course of the race. At the end of the 17 laps, he crossed the finish line second, behind winner Robertino Pietri, who was also on slicks and had dominated the race from start to finish. Second place overall was enough to give Scheib the victory in the privateer competition (CEV AM).
The second-best BMW rider in an eventful opening race was Miguel Ángel Poyatos. He finished seventh overall (fifth in the privateer class) on the Targobank Motorsport BMW S 1000 RR. He was followed over the line by Eeki Kuparinen (Motomarket Racing) in eighth place (sixth in the privateer class). Adrián Bonastre, regular rider for the boxmotos.com Easyrace SBK Team, was 12th in miserable conditions – but his finest hour was yet to come in race two.
Race two was held in dry conditions, and saw two BMW riders involved in a thrilling three-way battle for the lead: Bonastre and Scheib. After 18 laps, Bonastre came home second to claim his third podium of the season. Scheib’s impressive display this time went unrewarded: he crashed out while attempting to go one better than his second place in race one. Despite this, the Chilean was still overjoyed: “It was a fantastic race. Race one was excellent, but race two was actually going even better. I was in contention at the head of the field, and did my very best,” said Scheib. Despite the crash, he was “very, very happy. I am enjoying the moment! I would like to thank all those who have always believed in me, the entire team, and everyone supporting me.”
Victory in the privateer class this time went to Poyatos, who finished fourth overall on his Targobank Motorsport RR. Kuparinen was third in the privateer competition (seventh overall).
Two race weekends with a total of three Superbike races remain this CEV season, with a maximum 75 points still up for grabs. The best-placed BMW rider in the overall standings is still Iván Silva (Targobank Motorsport), who was unable to start in Navarra due to an injury. Silva crashed in practice ahead of the “Bol d’Or” 24-hour race in Le Castellet in mid-September, at which he was racing for a different manufacturer, and broke his right leg. Silva lies third overall with 107 points. He trails the leader by 67 points. The entire BMW Motorrad Motorsport community wishes Iván a speedy recovery!
Kuparinen has moved into the lead in the privateer competition. The new leader has 134 points to his name and a lead of four points over his closest rival.
The next two races will be held in Jerez on 1st November. The season finale will take place in Valencia on 15th November.